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Junction3D Unveils Amazingly Detailed 3D Printed Miniature Figurine Printed on Solus 3D Printer

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black4From time to time, we really like to focus our attention on the amazing creations that come off of 3D printers. We all know that some of the expensive industrial level additive manufacturing machines are capable of printing out objects in extreme detail, but many of us do not realize the potential that some more affordable desktop level 3D printers are capable of.

Back in November of 2014, we covered a company called Reify-3D as they launched an Indiegogo Campaign for their Solus 3D Printer. The Solus, which is an SLA-DLP printer, was priced starting at just $999 for early backers. Unfortunately their campaign goal was not quite met, but this didn’t stop the company from continuing the production of the machine.

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In fact, back in May, the Taiwan-based company announced that they had been working diligently to improve the design and functionality of the printer and that consumers could pre-order the machine both in the US, via Junction3D, or internationally, via the Reify-3D website.

For those individuals who have questioned the ability of the printer in creating high-quality prints, today we have something really incredible to share with you. Junction3D has unveiled to 3DPrint.com a creation which shows off the minute details that the Solus 3D printer is capable of. Using a model called “Black Betty,” which was sculpted in Zbrush by a designer named Hector Moran, they aimed to print it out in a smaller size than the original which Moran had printed on a very expensive, industrial level 3D printer.

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“We printed it on the Solus and the model is only 45mm tall,” Emil Karapetyan of Junction3D tells 3DPrint.com. “It was printed using the Spot-A HT resin with pigment added, at 25 micron XY resolution and 30 micron slices. The print took 3 hours. I had to support the model upside down because of all the overhanging areas that required supports. Doing that minimized the need for too many supports.”

As you can see in the photos, the figurine, measuring just 1.77 inches tall, has tremendous detail while also lacking any evidence that it came off of a 3D printer. This model really goes to show the potential that the Solus 3D printer can provide. Priced at just $2,299 (without the required projector — which can be purchased for between $699 and $899), this machine is within a range for many hobbyists, small businesses and artists.

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What do you think about the potential that the Solus DLP 3D printer has? Is it worth the price tag? Discuss in the Solus DLP 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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